Life in Constantinople was more advanced than western Europe, but there was lots of poverty.
Conflict between the east and west
The emperor and his wife were attending the chariot races, but then a fight broke out that spread to the streets, and continued for a week. Justinian wanted to flee, but his wife, Theodora encouraged him to stay.
The capital of Constantinople was intended to be a religious center. Over time, the byzantine church became known as the eastern orthodox church which means it shares most of the same beliefs as other Christians.
Medival europe and and the bynzatine empire were united in faith, but completely in different in wealth, cities, trade, and land.